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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science
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DescriptionThe course provides students with a broad, general science education, as well as specialist training in one or more science disciplines. The flexibility of the course and the wide range of areas of specialisation allows students to explore new areas, further develop their strengths in science and to pursue their interests. The emphasis on generic skills  quantitative literacy, data analysis, information literacy, problem solving, communication and presentation skills, and the capacity to work in teams  and specialisation in at least one discipline ensures a firm foundation for a career in science. Graduates will be equipped for a variety of careers or for honours and postgraduate study, leading to global employment opportunities in any of the traditional and emerging careers for scientists. ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in at least one area of science and will have a basic understanding of science disciplines other than those in which they specialise. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate scientific ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions. Course progression requirementsStudents must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one before enrolling in level two science units. StructureThis course comprises a minor and a major sequence in different areas of science, along with a specified number and type of science electives, a level two science core unit, and elective units. RequirementsStudents must complete all of the following: (a.) at least one major sequence in a science area of study (48 points) (b.) at least one minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points) (c.) at least one level one mathematics or statistics unit (6 points) from:
(d.) the following core unit (6 points):
(e.) an approved combination of level one units to ensure breadth of studies across science disciplines. Students can satisfy the level one breadth of studies requirement in one of two ways. Detail are provided under 'Stage one' below. (f.) additional elective units to take the total credit points to 144. Note: Students must complete:
The science major and minor sequence must be chosen from two different science areas of study for the campus on which the student is enrolled listed in the section 'Science areas of study and sequences' in this handbook available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/undergrad/sci.html. Students must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one. The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests:
It is recommended that at least two level one science sequences are commenced at stage one. Where possible, commencing three level one sequences can assist students in their selection of minor and major areas of study at stage two. This will also ensure that the requirement of breadth across science disciplines is met. Breadth of studiesThe level one breadth of studies requirement can be satisfied in one of two ways: Option 1At least three level one sequences from the following approved combinations: AstronomyAtmospheric scienceBiological sciencesOne pair of:
ChemistryOne pair of:
Note Students who wish to complete a major sequence in chemistry must complete CHM1022 Computer scienceOne pair of:
Ecology and environmental managementGeosciences
Geographical scienceOne pair of:
Mathematics and statisticsOne pair of:
Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the head of the School of Mathematics. PhysicsOne pair of:
Note: Students who wish to complete a minor or major sequence in physics must complete PHS1022 Physics. PsychologyOption 2At least one unit from each of the following three groups: Physical processes
Life processes
Earth processes
Recommended program of studyStage oneStudents should complete the level one mathematics or statistics unit along with the level one breadth requirement. To ensure that maximum choice is available at level two it is recommended that at least three level one sequences in science are completed. Stage twoIt is recommended that at least two science minor sequences and the core unit SCI2010 are undertaken at stage two and that any remaining units to complete the level one requirement of breadth of study across disciplines are completed. Stage threeStudents should complete their science major sequence and any remaining units needed to complete any outstanding course requirements at stage three. Additional level two and level three science units may also be taken at stage three, for example to complete a second science major sequence or a doublemajor sequence. Progression to further studiesTo be eligible to apply for entry into the additional oneyear honours program, students should obtain a distinction grade average (70 per cent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level three, which will normally include at least 18 points of units in the area of study in which they wish to undertake honours. Award(s)Bachelor of Science
